Guide price £1,695,000
AN IMPRESSIVE VICTORIAN HOUSE COMPREHENSIVELY RESTORED, OCCUPYING AN EXTREMELY PRIVATE POSITION ON THE EDGE OF THE VILLAGE. Accomodation in Brief GROUND FLOOR - Reception Hall - Drawing Room - Sitting Room - Dining Room - Kitchen with Breakfast Area - Utility - Cloakroom with W.C. - Extensive Cellars FIRST & SECOND FLOORS - 7 Bedrooms - 3 Bath/Shower Rooms (2 En-Suite) - Separate W.C. - Study OUTSIDE - Mature Lawned Gardens - Brick garden store - Former Tennis Court - Orchard - In all just under 2.5 acres (1 ha) DESCRIPTION The Woodlands bares the date 1878 and is a fine example of Victorian architecture. The house was built by a Liverpool timber merchant, Thomas Remer, following his purchase of the land some 3 years prior at which time there was a cornmill, drying kiln, engine house and smaller dwelling occupying the site. Mr Remer paid the grand sum of £1,150. The house is impressive in stature and has an attractive front faade with central porch with double doors beneath a glazed fanlight and decorative stone balustrade. It is constructed of brick with stone quoins, sills, headers and mullions around sash windows beneath a hipped slate roof with central wrought iron rail decoration and high chimney stacks. Since 2007 the property has been subject to a comprehensive scheme of renovation and remodeling by the present owners whilst having retained its original period character throughout including high ceilings with intricate decorative plaster covings, period doors with architraves, deep skirtings, sash windows, many of which have been upgraded with double glazed units others having some secondary glazing, timber floors, open fireplaces which have all been re-lined with impressive surrounds, and a lovely turned staircase with oak handrail and balusters. The original bells have also been restored and are in working order. Of particular note is the pitch pine flooring in the drawing room which has been laid in full length planks extending over 20'. The period character is complemented by high quality modern fitments including period style radiators, 2 newly fitted bathrooms and a superb bespoke kitchen with oversized bifold doors opening to a west facing terrace overlooking the gardens. The Woodlands now provides spacious and superbly proportioned accommodation ideally laid out for family living with formal; reception rooms and a large open plan kitchen with breakfast/sitting area for everyday living and informal entertaining. From the entrance porch with tiled floor a part glazed door opens to the hall which has polished hardwood floor and plaster moulded arch opening to the staircase. The three reception rooms are all accessed off the hall and have open aspects across the gardens. The drawing room is a particular light room with twin aspect and west facing bay window. There are impressive fireplaces in all three rooms, the dining and drawing rooms of particular note having marble mantels, the dining room being original, with gun metal insets and slate tiled hearths. At the far end of the house is the kitchen which is bespoke for The Woodlands and incorporates a range of hand painted wall and floor units with cupboards and drawers beneath polished granite work surfaces, a dresser unit with larder style cupboards and further storage space beneath, a Franke twin sink with mixer and drainer, integrated fridge and Siemens dishwasher, an electric ''Total Control' programmable 3 oven AGA in tiled recess and a large central island with walnut cupboards and drawers beneath granite surface. The room has a limestone tiled floor and is served by piped under floor heating. Beyond the kitchen is a useful utility with further storage space, plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer, a Belfast style sink and rear staircase to the first floor. There is a series of cellars accessed via a staircase from the hall and these provide extensive space offering potential for a variety of uses. Presently they are a games room, two store rooms and a workshop which also accommodates a pair of gas fired boilers. The staircase rises from the hall to a half landing with nearly fully height picture window and on to the galleried landing. Across the front of the house is the master suite comprising a double bedroom with original fireplace, twin aspect over the gardens, walk in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom, together with a further double bedroom and useful study. There is a guest suite with double bedroom and recently fitted en-suite shower room incorporating high quality fittings and served by under floor heating. Along the side and at the rear of the house there are two further bedrooms, a family bathroom which has also been upgraded in recent years, linen cupboard with cylinder tank and a separate W.C. At second floor level, there are two further double bedrooms. LOCATION The Woodlands occupies an extremely private position between the villages of Acton Bridge and Weaverham, set back from the road behind a stone wall and surrounded by mature gardens and grounds. Locally there are a range of shops in the nearby villages of Weaverham and Cuddington with more comprehensive services available in Northwich and Chester which offer supermarkets and out of town retail parks. There is a good selection of state and private schools nearby including The Grange at Hartford, Cransley at Great Budworth and The Kings & Queens Schools in Chester. On the recreational front there are golf courses nearby at Sandiway & Delamere, sailing at Great Budworth, motor racing at Oulton Park and a good selection of football, rugby and cricket clubs locally. For the equestrian enthusiasts there is racing at Chester, Haydock and Aintree, polo at Little Budworth near Tarporley and hunting is with The Cheshire Forest. COMMUNICATIONS The area enjoys excellent road links being 5 miles from junction 10 on the M56 motorway allowing for ease of access to all areas of commerce throughout the North West. Manchester and Liverpool are within daily travelling distance served by international airports which are 17 and 19 miles respectively. Acton Bridge railway station is on the Liverpool to London line, with Runcorn and Crewe main line stations offering a sub 2 hours inter-city service to Euston.
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